Damn XP !

Damn XP !

Post by Steve Mars » Mon, 26 Jun 2006 21:55:24

I've got XP working reasonably but still have problems with some older progs
like the Oric emulator.
I've recently been contacted by the author of Revenge of the Beans and I
want to convert the prog to PC and email it to him. I have the files on
disk. (These don't work on disk - no beans !) The files then need to be
CSAVEd and joined to make a good tape file.

DOSbox doesn't work like proper DOS. It doesn't seem to recognise the drives
and you have to 'mount' them before you can do anything. I've got it to
recognise a folder but can't get it to navigate back through the files to my
Oric folder so I copied the READDSK file over to where it could be read.
Next problem is it can't see the A: drive. Ho Hum !

What do I do next? I can mount the drive but I'll need to specify a folder
and then it isn't going to recognise the drive properly if it's looking for
that folder - is it?

Anyone converted disks on XP ?

Steve M

Damn XP !

Post by Simo » Mon, 26 Jun 2006 22:30:24

If it's a Sedoric disk, maybe you can try it by the audio way:

Then use ODM to exctract the files with a tape header
(BTW I think there's a bug somewhere in ODM when the amount of files on
the disk is 15. I'll have to check this one of these days, hopefully
before 2020).

Or simply save the files on tape and convert them. Easy to say maybe, I
experienced permanent problems with tape signal on Orics equiped with a
disk drive.

XP is the problem today, and soon the disk drives will totally
disappear, just like RS232 connectors... Too bad :-(



Damn XP !

Post by Steve Mars » Tue, 27 Jun 2006 09:40:08

"Simon" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote

I thought Dosbox would solve such problems but it seems difficult to get the
drives recognised. Are there any other similar programs out there ?

I'll just need to set up my spare PC with Win98. The trouble is I don't have
a spare monitor. Bah!

Steve M

Damn XP !

Post by Anders Car » Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:19:41

"Steve Marshall" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:

On a related note, I just read that Microsoft will drop their EOL
support for Win98/SE/ME in the beginning of July. Already software
companies who provide security programs like ZoneAlarm have responded
by dropping support for these operating systems simultaneously,
claiming lack of support will make these systems more insecure.
As far as I know, all the new security holes found in the older
systems come from additional software like MSIE, WMP, DirectX etc.

Of course, if they find (and fix) a security hole in XP that origins
from vulnerable code in W98, it could be a strong incentive for
the last users to upgrade (or get haxxed).

Anders Carlsson

Damn XP !

Post by Bob » Tue, 27 Jun 2006 18:47:27

On 2006-06-26 01:40:08 +0100, "Steve Marshall" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > said:

what about a cheap switch box for the monitor ? must admit the desire
to have one single machine on your desk rather than two is preferred. I
got rid of my old PC and PowerMac G5 and just bought a new iMac 20"
Screen with Intel 2ghz Duo Core. It's a great machine and boots up in
both Mac and Windows. I eagerly await your finding with getting an
Oric emulation running well in XP as I want to do that as well.



Damn XP !

Post by Steve Mars » Wed, 28 Jun 2006 05:36:02

"Bob" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote

It could be done I suppose, but my monitor usually is powered by the PC
power supply. I would need more power sockets. If I can get the other PC set
up in different room it'd be less of a squeeze. I wonder if I can use on old
TV with my old graphics card? ... ... hmmmm. It allows a TV to be connected
as a second screen.

Don't suppose anyone has Revenge of the Beans on a disk image ?

Steve M